If you love wine and wandering around French vineyards or visiting California Wine Country isn’t adventurous enough for you, a trip to Croatia’s Pelješac peninsula might need to be your solution!
Edivo Vina is first and only underwater winery, and if you want your very own hand-selected, barnacle-encrusted, underwater-aged bottle of vino, you’re going to have to dive for it!
The unique winery, located in Drače on the Pelješac Peninsula about an hour north of Dubrovnik, is the brainchild of Edi Bajurin, who combined his two favorite hobbies to create one unexpected creation. He speculated that aging wines at 20 meters underwater would keep them at a more constant temperature than on land and that the silence on the sea floor would impart his wines with a measurably smoother taste.
The first amphorae went underwater in 2013. Thus, years of experimentation, including salty wine (and perhaps a few drunken marine creature) taught Bajurin that ordinary corks couldn’t keep the wine from the sea. As a result, he began coating his corks in two layers of wax and aging the bottles in clay amphorae, which he submerges upside-down in custom-built cages that prevent thirsty divers from pilfering his precious product.
As such, each bottle of “Navis Mysterium”, or “sea mystery”, from the red plavac mali grape that grows along the Dalmatian coast, emerges from its 18-to-24-month aging stint with a distinct pinewood aroma and the amphorae uniquely coated in seashells and barnacles.
When the amphorae emerge covered in shells, they seem a buried treasure look, which may explain their £270 price tag.
Even though claims of sea-floor quietude translating into smoother wine lack scientific backing, Navis Mysterium consistently emerges with particularly fruity and spicy notes.
In order to experience Edivo Vina, you should be comfortable under water: guests are invited to join divers on a tour of the submerged jugs which house the wine, along with a sunken ship at the bottom of Mali Ston Bay, making it a fantastic excursion for underwater adventurers.
And If diving’s not for you, don’t worry!
You can cozy up at the wine bar, on land and let your friends get wet. It’s still the same wine.
WEBSITE 👉🏼 https://www.edivovina.hr